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Product details

  • Audio CD (8 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gonzo
  • ASIN: B00BI9FCCS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Robert CALVERT Hype - Songs Of Tom Mahler CD

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in 1982, this was Bob Calvert's first real experiment with electronic music - and it is a great success.
The album was released to accompany the (now out of print) rock novel of the same name, which charted the (brief) career of 'rock star' Tom Mahler.
The music is very different to Calvert's previous work with Hawkwind and Capt. Lockheed etc. The focus is on Calvert's lyrics, and his vocals are excellent. The music is almost electro-pop. As ever, Calvert is right at the very front of the queue in terms of innovation.
The highlights are the amusing 'Over My Head', and 'Hanging Out On the Seafront'. 'Evil Rock' is a meaty classic. The last two tracks, 'Greenfly' and 'Hornets' are also excellent, and are different versions than those that would appear on the Freq album. This is probably Calvert's best solo effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Robinson on 2 Sept. 2014
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Quite brilliant. Early synth pop (Ultravox will never sound the same again to me) mixed with some rock - and Calvert's excellent lyrics and delivery. Some real classics on here!
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By Mr A R Letch on 10 May 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Not as good as Lucky Leif or Captain Lockhead but still worth having. He was a genius
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Simply great...you will be pleasantly surprised! 14 April 2001
By Iommitron2000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is by far Robert Calvert's best album, in terms of songs and production. Don't expect anything like Hawkwind's "Sonic Attack" though; "Hype" is rooted firmly on terra firma. Calvert's lyrics, dealing with more Earthly topics than Hawkwind, are so witty and well composed they make me sad that Calvert is dead. The songs stick to traditional rock arrangements, omitting any long Hawkwind-esque instrumental passages. You WILL get at least a few of the songs stuck in your head after only one listening. Of particular note is "The Greenfly and the Rose," which has to be Calvert's lyrical masterpiece. The lyrics, a simple but beautiful statement about life, combine with Calvert's vulnerable vocal tones into a song which nearly made me cry the first time I heard it. Do yourself a huge favor and buy this album.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Probably the pop pinnacle of Bob Calvert's aspirations 19 Nov. 2003
By M. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You may have found your way here thru liking Hwakwind albums.
You may have concluded that everything that Dave Brock did was rubbish but everything that Calvert was involved in was intriguing
You may have started off with Captain Lockheed and Lucky Lief and quite liked the experience.
Hype is something quite different. It was released with a book of the story of Tom Mahler and was probably modelled on the furore following Lennon's assasination.
It is a collection of pop songs that are maddeningly catchy and you will find yourself humming them for months afterwards.
I understand that the track listing is rather more extensive that this listing would suggest.
The highlights has to be Greenfly.
You will be lucky to find a more articulate rock performer.
If Bob had struck it lucky he would have been more popular than Bowie.
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